Employment fair provides opportunity for local job seekers

Shannon Patrick

These days, considering the economy, it’s hard to find a job. Luckily, Saddleback College held a job fair to assist members of the community looking for part-time or full-time employment. Last Wednesday, recruiters from various businesses came to the campus to seek potential employees.

“I’m looking towards a job in the medical field, something with kids. I like working with people,” said Halimo Mohamed, 24, undecided, who attended the fair. “Maybe something like child development.”

Each semester Saddleback holds a job fair. Employers such as Wells Fargo, Los Angeles Police Department, the YMCA, and Parking Sunset Service regularly attend to talk to students and community members interested in finding employment with them.
Wells Fargo, for example, is currently seeking part-time tellers as well as sales professionals for full-time positions.

“We’re hiring for branches all over Orange County,” said Martina Ruziecki, a Wells Fargo recruiter.

Since there weren’t employers present from every imaginable industry, the Center for Career and Life Development set up a booth to talk to students about a wider range of employment opportunities.

Due to economic uncertainty, however, the number of booths at the job fair has decreased this semester.

“We have just a limited number, we cut down to about 17,” said Eric Hilden, career placement officer. “It’s about who is hiring. Keep an eye out for these kind of events. We need student interest.”

As this is the only job fair this semester, anyone still interested in looking for a job can visit the Center for Career and Life Development in Student Services Center Room 140. Their hours are Mon-Thurs 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The phone number is (949) 582-4575.

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